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Newcastle Players Must Deliver In Last Two Games

12:33 am, Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

When you think of the players we have available at Newcastle,  it’s simply amazing that we’ve slumped so badly over the last seven league games, which could see us 3rd bottom of the league,  if Wigan beat Swansea tomorrow night with their game in hand.

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Alan Pardew – must inspire his players – and cut out the excuses

To say the players have massively under-performed this season, after finishing 5th top last season – doesn’t really capture the pathetic showing of Newcastle United in the league this term.

Of course we’ve heard all the reasons, too many injuries, too many good goals disallowed, bad luck – all that stuff, which is all you can talk about when you haven’t got the results

And we’re a little surprised why Alan Pardew was so delighted at getting just one point at West Ham on Saturday,  when that was our third last game of the season – we have to think bigger than that – and we have to try to win both our next two games.

Win both of them – not try to win at QPR and then hang on for a draw against Arsenal – but win both games.

Fortune favors the brave and you can hardly have called Newcastle brave since we were eliminated from the Europa League – with 2 draws and 2 points and just one goal in our last four league games, and  we’ve also conceded a phenomenal 10 goals – and 9 of those were at hoem in front of shocked sold-out Newcastle crowds..

That type of form gets sides relegated.

We cannot be the only ones who will be a little bit angry (there’s other words that are probably better than that)  if we are relegated again – and we suppose the best we can hope for is that Wigan lose tonight – but that’s hardly due to Newcastle saving themselves.

Yes – we have to remain positive and believe we can do it – we know that – but our players have only two games left to save the club – and let’s hope we don’t screw it up.

Do you think Newcastle could come back from one goal down and one man down after 34 minutes – and be the better side in the second half and equalize to get a valuable point against Stoke,  like Sunderland did last night?

Certainly not based on our form of the last seven league games, and that’s what worries us.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sawbuck // May 7, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Everybody wants to see us shredded. If we go a goal down against QPR thats it there, The crowd will be in a party atmosphere to see us dragged into the gutter with them.

    I think we have a better chance against Aresnal of getting something

  • 2 KevinHann // May 7, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Let’s see who will be available for that game, Sawbuck. Santon and Debuchy could make a massive difference. Benny should be slightly more match fit. If Cisse has better service we can certainly hurt them in the final third.

  • 3 headtheball // May 7, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Spotlight is the Man. Well done Sir.

  • 4 Markimoto // May 7, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    We weren’t able to beat Reading and Wigan. We create 2-3 chances per game. Second half performances are absolutely terrible and AP is not able to change a gameplan ( if he is actually having one).
    If Wigan win tonight and get a point out of the two remaining games we’ll go down. I dont really believe we’ll get 3 from QPR unless we snatch a penalty or cabs is showing is his freekick skills again. I’m more than concerned…..

  • 5 stuart no9 // May 7, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    hate to keep saying the same old thing ,but regardless of the quality on the pitch , we need some one to pick them up and give them that bit of confidence we so desperately need, pardew is not capable of that , so i think yhe only way we will stay up is if the other teams drop points – not by us winning points.

  • 6 Markimoto // May 7, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    @Stu

    Totally agree…

  • 7 LeToonARMY // May 7, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    My line if we’re playing for a win, then play 4-4-2very attacking very experienced if scumderland can get 6 six why cant we

    _______________ELIOT_________________
    ___Debuchy___Taylor____Collo__Yanga___
    _______Cabaye__Tiote___Guttirrez_______
    ________HBA___Cisse__Goufran________

    If we are going for the draw then i’ll go for a 4-5-1

    _______________ELIOT_________________
    ___Debuchy___Taylor____Collo__Yanga___
    ___HBA__Cabaye__Tiote__Goufran__Guttirrez___
    _________________Cisse______________________

    If we dont we against QPR then its Au revoir Le Toon Army

  • 8 stuart no9 // May 7, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    marki – its sad but true, we have won only 7 games since the start of december , that in anybodys book is relegation ! i try to be positive , but looking at stats and facts – we deserve to go down !

  • 9 p // May 7, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    To be fair, I do think Collo makes a big difference. If he can play the lasy 180 minutes of the season, our defending is likely to be a lot better than it has been. I agree on Santon and Debuchy. The former is strong and is happy to come forward making the opposition wary and the latter is world class. Suddenly, you have a back line that you feel has at least a chance of keeping a clean sheet.

    Our problem all season is that we do not know how to win in more than one way. That is a decent bit of quality – a Cabaye free kick, I quality ball in for Cisse to finish etc

    How many games have we scored more than two goals this season? A few, not many and 2 of them we lost (Man utd and Arsenal)

    We may squeak out a 1-0 or 2-1 win against QPR, it’s very feasible and maybe a draw against Arsenal but, I would not put money on it.

  • 10 LeToonARMY // May 7, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Sorry about the mistake in last post, My line up and win not we and its a 4-4-3, Time to go to sleep i think

  • 11 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 7, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    My team for qpr if santon available
    Elliott
    Debuchy-Taylor-Colo-mbiwa
    Anita-Cabaye-Santon
    HBA-Cisse-Gouffran

  • 12 stuart no9 // May 7, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    P—— ok so collo comes back , and yes he will make a big difference to the defense , but is that enough for pards to change what he has been doing all season and refer to an attack minded tactic ? i just cant see pards changing his way if he firmly believes his way is best !

  • 13 Sav // May 7, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Impossible to predict what will happen if Wigan get even a point tonight. 8 teams still in it, although Stoke must be breathing easier than the rest. Key matches between Saints & Mackems, Villa & Wigan. All have one winnable game and one against a top 5 side. Like a train-wreck, you can’t take your eyes off it – I even watched Stoke vs Mackems tonight, for Pete’s sake!

  • 14 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // May 7, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    All things considered Lads it is really is “Squiky Bum”-time .

    This really is going to go to the last game at St James i feel ?

    Pardew has played the same out of form players for the second half of the season, and displayed the same tactics, which just hav,nt won us games.
    We are now relying on results from other fixtures which is,nt good !

    Ashley seriously needs to look at another trainer in the summer because i,ve lost my confidence in Pardew since January !




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